Fishnet Shawl with Braids | Free Pattern

I’m a big fan of a fishnet pattern, cause it is really easy and quick to stitch. It resembles a net used to catch fish and has large gaps in the pattern, which makes it look like lace. You can always use this pattern to knit a quick gift to your friends and family.

I personally like making shawls with this pattern. Here’s one of them – a melange fishnet shawl with braids.

Start knitting the shawl from the few stitches and then increase it by two stitches every second row you will get the size you need.


– 2 Skeins of Acrylic BulkYarn ( 1 Skein = 100 gramms )

– US #8 circular needles (Metric Size 5 )

– Crochet hook

The pattern is really flexible, feel free to create your unique shawl using this method by choosing the yarn and needle size you like most.

Finished Size: 45 in (155 cm) across top edge, 24 in (60 cm) from center back to bottom point.

Length of braids is 8 in ( 20 cm )


K = Knit

P = Purl

YO = Yarn Over

K2TOG = Knit Two Together

WS = Wrong Side


Cast on 10 stitches

NOTE: 1st and last stitch form the edge of the knitting and therefore are not taken into account.

Row 1: P till the end of row

Row 2: K1, YO, *K2TG YO* K2, YO *K2TG YO* K1

Row 3 and all odd rows: P till the end of row

Row 4: YO *K2TG YO*  K2, YO  *K2TG YO*

Repeat Rows 1-4 to create a pattern

Bind off all stitches. Weave in ends.

Nota Bene! In this pattern to middle Knit stitches ( initially stitches number 5 and 6 ) serve as a decorative middle of the work. So you will have to knit the pattern surronded by * untill you reach this middle stitches and after.

For example, let’s compare Row2 and Row 8.

Row 2 consists of 10 stitches, which leaves only two stitches from each side of the middle of the work for the pattern *K2TG YO*

Row 2: K1, YO, *K2TG YO* K2, YO *K2TG YO* K1

While Row 8 consists of 22 stitches already, therefore there are 8 stitches left from each side of middle stitches and one needs to repeat  *K2TG YO* 4 times.

Row 8: K1, YO, *K2TG YO, K2TG YO, K2TG YO, K2TG YO* K2, YO *K2TG YO, K2TG YO, K2TG YO, K2TG YO* K1


1. Cut 18,5 in (44 cm) lengths of yarn – three for each braid.

2. Double three strands.

3. Insert crochet hook in one edge of the loop at the end of the shawl.

4. Hook the fold of the strands and pull a loop through.

5. Pull the ends through the threads loop. Pull the ends gently to tighten the knot.

6. Divide the threads into three parts and do the braid.

7. Tie another knot at the end of the braid. Repeat from the other side.

You are done!


UPDATE: I have added the printable instructions for this pattern. Feel free to use them!


The best thing about this shawl is that it can be a great helper during changeable weather. It is warm enought to keep the cold away and the holes in it will keep you fresh if the sun suddenly appears. For example, I was really happy I took this shawl to our trip to Sweden.

Well, and of course, our cat loves the fishnet melange shawl too 🙂




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